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Top GM Executive Speaks on Delayed Recall

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The top executive at General Motors has publicly stepped forward to answer questions regarding the delayed recalled of more than 1.6 million vehicles.

On Tuesday, Chief Executive Mary T. Barra pledged to fix faulty ignition switches that have been linked to 12 deaths and to explain why GM failed for 10 years to correct a problem it knew existed, the New York Times reported.

Barra answered questions in a conference room at GM headquarters, telling reporters the goal is to never have an issue like this occur again. Barra admitted that she learned in late December that internal safety committees were analyzing defects in the Chevrolet Cobalt, but said the severity of the investigation was not known until Jan 31 – after which point the company issued a recall.

GM has received harsh criticism over its handling of a recall that many feel should have been initiated a decade earlier. In its recall notice, G.M. said it has linked 13 deaths to the faulty ignition switch in the 2005-7 Chevrolet Cobalts; 2003-7 Saturn Ions; the 2007 Pontiac G5; the 2006-7 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice; and the 2007 Saturn Sky. All of those models used the same ignition switch, and none are in production anymore, the New York Times reported.

Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received more than 260 complaints over an 11-year period about a flaw in General Motors vehicles that caused them to suddenly turn off while being driven, yet they failed to launch any type of investigation into the issue. The NHTSA defended its lack of action by claiming there was not enough evidence of a problem to launch an investigation.

Despite her public efforts, Barra – and other GM officials – will face a series of investigations from government agencies to find out the full reasoning behind the company’s stalling. Federal safety regulators and the Justice Department are keeping a close watch on Barra’s statements, according to the New York Times. It is expected that Barra will be called to testify before congress in the coming weeks.

Bara answered questions for about an hour, but said nothing in regards to reaching out directly to the families of victims, according to the New York Times. To date, G.M. has not made an effort to compensate people for accidents involving the faulty ignition switch.

A few days ago, GM issued another batch of recalls – this one totaling 1.5 million. The largest of the new group of recalls affects 1.2 million of its crossover SUV models that need to have repairs made to the wiring for their seat-mounted side airbags, CNN reported. The models involved in the recall are the 2008-13 Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, the 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook.

The vehicles have a warning light that reads “Service Air Bag,” and GM said ignoring the light could eventually result in the non-deployment of the air bags and other safety features, CNN reported. disclaimer: This article: Top GM Executive Speaks on Delayed Recall was posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 8:05 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits, Personal Injury Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawsuits.

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